Schools get donation to protect pupils against Covid

Kholiwe Batayi, Lennox Gesha, Bongani Mfikili, Loyiso Mkula, Vuyo Tekani and Mzikazi Twani at Thembelihle High School in Town Two.

As the province enters the third wave of Covid-19 infections, the co-owner of a Town Two petrol station has added his weight to fight against the pandemic.

Lennox Thamie Gesha who runs Uxolo Caltex Service Station, donated six infrared thermometres and 300 disposable face masks to Nomsa Mapongwana and Chuma primary schools and Thembelihle High School which are located close to his business.

Mr Gesha said though it was not a “huge donation” he felt duty-bound to reach out to the schools and do what he could to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

“I run a business in this community and I must help where I can. We brought a clear message to the school that Covid-19 is going to be with us for a longer period; we must just adhere to rules and protocols,” said Mr Gesha.

Thembelihle High School principal Bongani Nelson Mfikili echoed Mr Gesha’s words saying it’s “the thought that counts”.

“What Mr Gesha brought today might look small but it will go a long way. Sometimes learners come with out masks and we have to send them back home,” said Mr Mfikili.

Nomsa Mapongwana Primary deputy principal, Loyiso Mkula, called for people not to drop their guard because the virus was still with us and would be around for a long time.

“We thank Mr Gesha for refreshing our minds so that we can go back to basics,” he added.

Chuma Primary principal Vuyo Tekani also thanked Mr Gesha for his gesture.

Community leader Mzikazi Twani, who accompanied Mr Gesha to the hand-over ceremony called on other businesses in the area to support efforts like these.

“In many spaza shops I see people without masks being served but the rule is no mask, no service,” she said.